Wild Rumors & News

  • A solution to the NHL’s advanced stats problem

    New York Post "During a recent casual conversation with someone who has been intimately involved in the NHL for decades, he jokingly said this: “You ever think that all of these off-ice officials are actually the same people in every arena?” It was a funny take on this gaggle of people in each city who keep..." October 20

  • Report: NHL might scrap All-Star Game in favor of international event

    CBS Sports "The NHL All-Star Game has been somewhat of a shapeshifting beast over the years. A lot about the annual midseason event has changed, from the game's format to the way teams are picked and how players are voted in. But soon the league's All-Star Game may cease to exist altogether. According to a..." October 17

  • Coyle, Niederreiter placed on injured reserve by Wild

    NHL.com "Forwards Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter were placed on injured reserve by the Minnesota Wild on Friday. They were injured in a 5-2 win at the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. Coyle was placed on long-term injured reserve with a fractured right fibula; he had surgery Friday and is expected..." October 14

  • Why don’t the Wild have a fourth line? That’s the $200,000 question

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "No Zach Parise. No Mikael Granlund. No problem? Not exactly. With both players injured and out for Thursday’s measuring-stick game against the rival Blackhawks in Chicago, the Minnesota Wild are down to 11 healthy forwards on the roster, leaving them shorthanded up front for the second..." October 12

  • Wild’s Mikael Granlund expected to miss next four games

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Mikael Granlund’s groin injury will keep him on the shelf a little longer than expected. “I think Granny is going to miss the next four games,” coach Bruce Boudreau said Tuesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after saying he hoped it was a short-term injury. “It’s a day at a time with..." October 11

  • Wild, Daniel Winnik agree to one-year deal

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "After a few weeks of flirting, the Wild and Daniel Winnik agreed to terms on a one-year $660,000 contract on Wednesday afternoon. Winnik, 32, is slated to make his club debut in the season opener against the Red Wings on Thursday night in Detroit. He has been practicing on the fourth line this..." October 05

  • Zach Parise To Miss At Least Two Regular Season Games

    Real GM Hockey "The Wild will start the regular season without veteran left wing Zach Parise, who has been slowed by a back injury. General manager Chuck Fletcher said after practice Monday that Parise would not travel to games at Detroit on Thursday and at Carolina on Saturday. Fletcher said Parise was..." October 03

  • Wild assign Carson Soucy, release Ryan Malone from his NHL tryout

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "With the regular season just six days away, the Wild have gotten down to the nitty gritty with roster cuts, the latest casualties being up-and-coming defenseman Carson Soucy and veteran winger Ryan Malone. Soucy, a former standout with Minnesota Duluth, was assigned to the Iowa Wild of the..." September 29

  • NHL Board of Governors discuss place of anthems before games

    Sportsnet "“It” wasn’t supposed to even be on the agenda at Wednesday’s NHL Board of Governors meeting. This was supposed to be a regular, run-of-the-mill meeting in New York City to rubber stamp a rule change, and get regular updates from various league departments. “It” was a discussion about..." September 29

  • Olympic roster decisions starting to take shape

    Sportsnet "As the parent of a five-year-old, my interest in minor hockey has grown exponentially the last few years. He’s a decent skater, but isn’t sure he wants to play. Despite that, you’re trying to learn everything you can. Toronto is a funny place for minor hockey. A friend of mine who used to coach..." September 28

  • NHLPA issues statement in support of players’ peaceful protests

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association officially joined the political conversation on Wednesday. In an email sent to players by executive director Donald Fehr, the NHLPA stated that any players who would like to participate in peaceful protests of their own “would of course have the full support of the..." September 28

  • Huge step? Doctors may find a way to identify CTE in living NHL players

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper and TSN’s Rick Westhead pass along what could be a breakthrough Boston University study – or at least the early stages of a breakthrough – in how concussions/CTE are handled in sports. The key: after only being able to study brains of deceased athletes, there’s a..." September 27

  • A new No. 1: McDavid edges Crosby in TSN's Top 50 player poll

    TSN "Not even back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies were enough for Sidney Crosby to hold off Connor McDavid for one more year. For the first time in the eight-year history of TSN’s Top 50 player poll, Crosby was knocked off his perch as the projected No. 1 player in the NHL, as decided by a panel of 22..." September 26

  • NHL’s Bettman says he respects players’ views on political issues

    Sportsnet "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman says he respects players’ views on political and social issues and "people are going to have to decide what makes them comfortable." Several pro hockey players have commented President Donald Trump’s call for protesting NFL players to be fired...." September 26

  • IIHF release Olympic hockey schedule

    TSN "Canada opens defence of its Olympic men's hockey gold Feb. 15 versus Switzerland and women's gold Feb. 11 against Russia. The International Ice Hockey Federation released the ice hockey schedules and matchups Monday for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canada's women, who are..." September 25

  • Is Minnesota Wild’s Zach Parise 100 percent? He says he’s ‘getting there’

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "After missing the first week of training camp because of a back issue, Zach Parise was back on the ice with teammates Friday’s at Xcel Energy Center. Parise took the ice about 15 minutes early and worked on stick handling and shooting, among other things, before going full-bore during an..." September 22

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Wild sign Marcus Foligno to four-year, $11.5 million deal

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "On the eve of training camp, hard-nosed winger Marcus Foligno finally agreed to terms with the Minnesota Wild. Foligno, 26, signed a four-year, $11.5 million deal with the Wild late Thursday afternoon, a source confirmed to the Pioneer Press. His contract carries an average annual value..." September 15

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • Marcus Foligno Close To Signing With Minnesota Wild

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The last few restricted free agents are starting to sign around the league, with Bo Horvat going off the board today with the Vancouver Canucks. One of the remaining RFAs, Marcus Foligno told Michael Russo of The Athletic that he’s “very close” to signing, and that it would be done by the start of..." September 08

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • Ryan Malone to attend Wild training camp on PTO

    Sportsnet "Forward Ryan Malone will attend Minnesota Wild training camp on a professional tryout. Malone last played in the NHL in 2014-15, suiting up in six games for the New York Rangers." August 31

  • Don Cherry on Olympics: ‘I’m glad we’re not going’

    Sportsnet "NHL players may be unhappy with the league’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but it suits Don Cherry just fine. The colourfully dressed commentator and former coach joined Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup on Tuesday morning and discussed how impractical it would be for everyone to..." August 22

  • Wild’s Mikko Koivu releases statement on deadly stabbings in Finland

    Sportsnet "Two women were killed and seven other people injured during a knife attack in Turku, Finland on Friday. Turku is the hometown of Minnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu and his older brother, retired NHLer Saku Koivu. Upon hearing of the deadly attack, the Wild captain released the following..." August 19

  • Parise thrilled to have Cullen join Wild

    NHL.com "Count Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise among those thrilled to have center Matt Cullen as a teammate. Cullen, 40, is entering his 20th season in the NHL after signing a one-year, $1 million contract with the Wild on Wednesday. "[You] can't win without good centers," Parise said. "You need..." August 17

  • Mikael Granlund injures ankle while running in Finland

    Sportsnet "Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund has reportedly sustained an off-season ankle injury. The 25-year-old rolled his ankle while running in Finland and is on crutches, according to the Minnesota Star-Tribune‘s Michael Russo, though it doesn’t appear Granlund will be out of commission for very..." August 17

  • Cullen explains why he chose Wild over Penguins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Last weekend, Matt Cullen drove east to the Twin Cities to watch his three sons play hockey. On Wednesday, immediately after ending a conference call with the Wild media, Cullen ran into a rink in Grand Forks, N.D., to join his recently-retired hockey-playing brothers, Mark and Joe, so they could..." August 17

  • Wild, Cullen agree to 1-year, $1M deal

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Matt Cullen could have retired a back-to-back champ or re-signed in Pittsburgh for a chance to three-peat. Instead, the born and bred Minnesotan and former St. Cloud State standout has made a family decision and decided to return for a second stint and 20th NHL season with his home-state..." August 16

  • Greenway wants to make big impact with Wild

    NHL.com "For Minnesota Wild forward prospect Jordan Greenway, the decision between turning pro or returning for his junior season at Boston University wasn't easy. Greenway, 20, said he feels NHL-ready. But he feels a stronger pull to go back for his third season with the Terriers. "The job isn't..." August 12

  • Wild F Parise: ‘For me, last year stunk’

    TSN "Zach Parise posted his lowest goal and point totals since his 2005-06 rookie season last year. Now, the 33-year-old is looking to have a bounce back season and move past his poor campaign. Parise, who scored 19 goals and posted 42 points last season, told the Minnesota Wild team website he..." August 10

  • Granlund agrees to three-year, $17.25 million contract with Wild

    NHL.com "Granlund, 25, who was a restricted free agent, was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing in Toronto on Aug 4. He led the Wild with 69 points and 43 assists, each an NHL career high, and his 26 goals (also an NHL career high) ranked second. "Mikael has been an important part of our club for..." August 02

  • After re-signing with Wild, Niederreiter says best is yet to come

    Pro Hockey Talk "With two early-August salary arbitration hearings looming, it seemed like the Minnesota Wild were aiming to re-sign one known quantity (Nino Niederreiter) and one forward with a bit more mystery (Mikael Granlund). After all, with three consecutive 20+ goal seasons in mind, the Wild already knew..." August 01

  • Wild GM Fletcher still has work to do after getting Niederreiter signed

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Minnesota Wild have avoided at least one scheduled arbitration hearing, after signing Nino Niederreiter to a five-year deal worth $26.25 million on Sunday. There is still work to be done, however, for general manager Chuck Fletcher. The Wild have yet to sign restricted free agent Mikael..." July 31

  • Wild sign Niederreiter to 5-year, $26.25M contract

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with restricted free-agent forward Nino Niederreiter on a five-year contract with a $5.25 million average annual value ($4.6 million in 2017-18, $6.075 million in 2018-19, $5.85..." July 31

  • Boudreau hoping for bounce back season from Ennis

    Pro Hockey Talk "One of the Minnesota Wild’s big moves this offseason was to try and strengthen their forward depth by acquiring Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Marco Scandella and forward Jason Pominville. Foligno has already set some pretty high expectations..." July 30

  • Boudreau confident Wild's forwards are 'as strong as anybody in the league'

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Even during the offseason, Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau keeps his television tuned to the NHL Network to make sure he’s up on what’s happening around the league. But with free agency ending in early July and training camps not starting until September, what he sees mostly on his TV are..." July 30

  • Boudreau: 3 unsigned RFAs are 'glue that's going to hold' Wild together

    NHL.com "Speaking with reporters Friday afternoon after presenting a $2,500 donation to Wounded Warrior Project, coach Bruce Boudreau reemphasized the Wild's desire to come to terms with restricted free agents Nino Niederreiter, Mikael Granlund and Marcus Foligno. "They're the glue that's going to hold..." July 29

  • Wild's Granlund, Niederreiter seeking deals north of $6M annually

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Even though members of the Wild front office have booked flights to Toronto for next week’s salary arbitration hearings for Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund, the Wild still hopes to sign the restricted free agents to contracts ranging in length from three to five years. General Manager..." July 27

  • New Wild forward Marcus Foligno: 'I'm excited to win and be a winner for a long time'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "New Wild winger Marcus Foligno made his debut with the Sabres during the 2011-12 season and has been a part of six Buffalo teams — all of which missed the playoffs. So when he was traded to the Wild along with fellow wing Tyler Ennis in a deal last month that sent Marco Scandella and Jason..." July 22

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Report: Wild at least discuss homecoming for Matt Cullen

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mulling retirement at 40, Matt Cullen has the option to come home and still play in the NHL. The Minnesota native has at least had some discussions with the Wild, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Russo also notes that the Wild have had some talks with Drew Stafford,..." July 11

  • Wild turns attention to signing its restricted free agents while looking beyond next season

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild appears to be in a midsummer holding pattern. While the Wild still may be in the market this offseason for at least one more forward, most the team's focus has turned to re-signing three key restricted free agents. "This has become the typical shift in the NHL after the first few..." July 11

  • Minny re-signs tough guy Kurtis Gabriel

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Minnesota Wild have re-signed forward Kurtis Gabriel to a one-year, two-way contract, per Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. According to CapFriendly, the new deal has a $715,000 cap hit at the NHL level. The Wild selected Gabriel in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft...." July 10

  • Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov to stay in KHL for next 3 seasons

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Not long after KHL Insider Aivis Kalnins tweeted that stud Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov would be signing a three-year extension with CSKA Moscow, the Kontinental Hockey League seems to have confirmed the news and quoted team President Igor Esmantovich as saying, “He will stay in Russia for next..." July 08

  • Wild re-sign Reilly for two years, $1.45 million

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Minnesota Wild announced on Monday afternoon that they have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Mike Reilly to a two-year contract that will pay him $1.45 million through the end of the 2018-19 season. Reilly, 23, has spent the past two seasons playing for the Wild organization,..." July 03

  • Wild sign five players, including Landon Ferraro, to two-way contracts

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "A day after general manager Chuck Fletcher said the Wild won’t be big players in NHL free agency, the organization agreed to terms with center Landon Ferraro, defenseman Ryan Murphy, center Cal O’Reilly, defenseman Alex Grant, and goaltender Niklas Svedberg. All five players inked two-way..." July 01

  • Wild sign Kyle Quincey to one-year, $1.25-million contract

    Sportsnet "The Minnesota Wild signed defenceman Kyle Quincey to one-year, $1.25-million contract, the team announced Saturday." July 01

  • Early Wild signings include Landon Ferraro, Ryan Murphy

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The NHL free-agent market has opened PER SOURCES Matt Cullen and the Wild indeed continue to talk this morning, so there's a chance he forgoes retirement or a chance of three-peating to return to Minnesota for a 20th NHL season. I do hear the Wild has gotten back in on Chris Kunitz, so..." July 01

  • Martin Hanzal expected to land with Stars

    TSN "Veteran centre Martin Hanzal is expected to sign with the Dallas Stars once free agency opens today. Hanzal split last season between the Arizona Coyotes and Minnesota Wild and finished with a combined 20 goals and 19 assists in 71 games. After being acquired by the Wild ahead of the Trade..." July 01

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